• A speed limit for Hawling
    Hawling is a small village in the Cotswolds, based around a narrow winding country lane. Entry to the village at both ends is by a steep downhill road ending in a blind corner.This makes fast traffic hazardous for villagers, particularly families with young children, and for pets and other animal using the road. There is currently no street lighting and no speed limit. A 20mph limit from the 'Hawling' signs at each end would encourage road users - motorists and cyclists - to drive/ride safely and enjoy a picturesque village.
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    Created by Stephen Crowne
  • Save Clapham Common from Commercialisation. Common Land is for the Common People!
    Lambeth Council are ABOUT to sign a 15 year lease to a private enterprise allowing them to cover a large area of Common Land with artificial plastic grass and extensive building materials. Once this happens, this land may never be recoverable. There has been virtually no open consultation with the wider community. The Friends of Clapham Common consider this to be widespread plastic pollution as the suffocation of large areas of land will kill the earth-dwelling invertebrates that live there. We have a proud history around our Commons, particularly in urban areas - our ancestors fought hard to save Common Land for us, so we must also fight to save this precious asset for future generations. Please join us! There is an important principle at stake here - your right to roam on Common Land! Clapham Common must be free for the quiet enjoyment of everyone and not partitioned off for private enterprise. This venture will bring increased noise, litter and light pollution to a quiet residential corner of the Common and the proposed alcohol license may encourage anti-social behaviour. Please sign and pass on. We are asking Lambeth to heed this petition. The community seeks to find a sustainable green solution for this space. We are in a climate crisis and our open green spaces are the greatest assets we have. Clapham Common belongs to the people, and if this tone deaf project goes ahead, we will all lose access to an extensive area of the Common. David Attenborough has made it clear, it’s up to each and every one of us to take responsibility and protect the natural world. You can do this now by signing the petition. Thank you
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  • Save Muskham's Remembrance Wood
    Muskham Wood is an Ancient Woodland and Heritage Parkland under Natural England's definitions. While this Wood is our focus, we are making a case for the fundamental protection of Ancient Woodland to save the Planet. Ancient Woodland is unrivalled as a Carbon Sink and Biodiversity Bank. Ancient Woodland is key to our survival as a species. Every village has a right to its own Ancient Woodland for this purpose. We are calling on Nottinghamshire County Council, the home of Sherwood Forest, to spearhead a National Campaign to protect Ancient Woodland and to call a halt to invasive and damaging planning decisions, like this one, which cuts through a long-standing Area Tree Preservation Order without due diligence. In the middle of the village of North Muskham stands an Ancient Woodland, a Bluebell Wood with Veteran and Ancient English Hardwood Trees, nationally rare Liesler's Bats, red data list Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers and Tawny Owls. It hosts one of the tallest Oak Trees in the County complete with a 40-bird, 20-nest Rookery. Dormice and Great Crested Newts live in and around Muskham Wood, which adjoins a Biodiverse Ancient Pasture and is part of a Nature corridor running East-West for many miles on both sides of the River Trent. Yet today the Woodland is threatened with planning permission granted by Newark+Sherwood District Council to fell some trees and severely prune many others. This will result in a reduction and retrograde change to the appearance and nature of the Woodland and will severely impact the existing local habitats of rare species. This Woodland is protected by an Area Tree Preservation Order, yet planning permission 20/01325/TPO was granted in October 2020 to alter the nature of the woodland without any impact survey, biodiversity survey or bat survey, and without any public notice being posted, in contravention of case law under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, the Conservation(Natural Habitats,etc) Regulations 1994, the European Habitats Directive and Natural England's Standing Advice on Licensing to move protected species and the Council's own consultation procedures. This legislation relates to all European Protected Species and makes it illegal to intentionally or recklessly kill injure or disturb them. In this case no-one has considered or even looked for them, although the trees are all between 150 and 400 years old, between 35 and 70 feet high, and we have collected evidence of species' roosts and habitat over the last 30 years. The council has not even involved its own locum tree officer. No surveys have been done. The felling and pruning were applied for to "increase aesthetics, make grass cutting easier to maintain and prevent trees taking over the area." This is a protected Woodland with a Bluebell floor, for Heaven's sake. It has also been adversely affected this year by dumping heaps of waste soil, removing the underwood and burning it in situ, burning building waste, spraying herbicide, driving and parking commercial vehicles on the protected tree roots, bluebells and ground-dwelling bats, building a workshop and running a construction/vehicle maintenance business in the woodland. Please revoke this Planning Permission. It isn't the first attempt at warfare on the Wood. Since 2007, various parts of the Woodland TPO has been attacked by tree fellers acting for developers. We are sure the present case is no different. The Woodland has fallen into different hands, although it was meant to be an amenity for the housing estate built on its central pasture in the 1980s and was a condition of that planning. We fought the felling of ten trees at the west end by a developer in 2007-9. We fought the felling of ancient Yew Trees, Holly Trees, Ash Trees in 2007 at the north end by the County Council's maintenance team. Here we are again, with the Tree Preservation Order being flouted at the east end of the Wood. Yet we also bought part of the Woodland in 2001. It came with substantial clauses against development. So what exactly is going on in the rest of the Woodland, apart from profiteering? Honour the Woodland TPO, reinstate this valuable ancient wooded area, retain its existing Veteran and Ancient Trees. We would like to return the whole Woodland to its rightful state as a Remembrance Wood for the men who preserved it in the 1970s. Geoff Chadd went through World War 2 as a Lancaster Navigator in RAF 613 Squadron. His air crew went down in the North Sea and only he and one other of the six crew survived. Although his health was badly affected for the rest of his life, Geoff Chadd took solace from the great trees and the peace of this ancient place, remembering his friends and the many brave men who didn't return. We are looking to our County Council to remember them by: 1) Saving Muskham Wood and its ancient trees and all the other Woods in our County from damage by inappropriate management 2) Saving other species by preserving their woodland habitat and obeying the Spirit of the Law on Nature, not looking for loopholes into profit 3) Renaming Muskham Wood as Muskham Remembrance Wood to help our Servicemen and other people experience Peace in Nature. Please remember them, honour their familiar woodlands and save their trees 4)Taking the lead on the preservation of Remembrance Woods across Britain as great habitat for other species. Biodiversity is important to Nottinghamshire County Council and to all of us. Please help us to keep it that way
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  • Open Letter to Gareth Johnson MP to help save The Swanscombe Peninsula!
    Dear Gareth Johnson MP, As you will be aware, the consultation for a proposal to develop The London Resort on The Swanscombe Peninsula has now closed. Due to the development being declared an NSIP, the decision-making process has been taken entirely out of the hands of the local authority and straight to the Secretary of State to decide its future, with no regard to the country’s extensive planning laws. Unsurprisingly, plans to develop a theme park on this natural oasis have garnered huge opposition, on both a local and national level. The Swanscombe Peninsula is officially described as a brownfield site, but in spite of this, and in large part because of this, it is truly a wildlife gem to be treasured. Unlike some other brownfield sites that have been adversely contaminated, resulting in damage to the surrounding land, it is this unique mixture of wet and dry habitats and the specific industrial use ofthis land that has made this site such a uniquely biodiverse area. Like chalk downland and saltmarsh, the harsher the conditions for life, the greater the diversity of the ecology supported. You cannot recreate this artificially. Some may, at first sight, seek to dismiss this apparently, in parts, scruffy and barren landscape and see the marshes as ripe for development, however it is exactly this open mosaic land which is so rare and so valuable in this part of Kent, and almost unique in the country, supporting populations of rare invertebrates, breeding birds and numerous other creatures. The peninsula is currently home to 1,992 species of invertebrates (250 of which are of conservation concern). This includes the critically endangered Distinguished Jumping Spider, found in only one other site in the whole of the UK. There are endangered water voles and more breeding bird species (82) than at Rainham Marsh RSPB nature reserve, just across this same stretch of river, itself a designated marine conservation area for the species it nurture. The Swanscombe marshes act as a natural flood barrier and with climate change now an accepted reality, the idea of building a theme park on a site that is liable to flooding is questionable to say the least. Marshland is also an especially crucial asset in the absorption of C02. Swanscombe is already adjacent to an official air quality management area and air pollution will further be compounded by an increase in traffic. The local road network is already terminally congested, and coupled with Ebbsfleet car park about to become a lorry customs checkpoint, if this development does go ahead, it may well come to a complete standstill. Local natural spaces have become even more hugely significant during lockdown. Residents havelong sought sanctuary in the marshes and being able to escape to this nature-rich beauty spot has undoubtedly benefitted the physical and mental health of many over the past decades and especially during this challenging time. For the reasons stated above, and whatever the outcome of imminent change on national policy on infrastructure projects, we implore you to support us in stopping the wanton destruction of this wildlife haven. Not only will it be an act of vandalism against the environment, this area is simply not an appropriate site for a gigantic theme park & the local infrastructure could not accommodate it. As our local MP we hope that you back us in protecting the marshes before they are lost forever in a concrete tomb. Many Thanks, The Swanscombe Peninsula Campaign Group.
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  • Make private waste collection companies and their brokers join an Ombudsman
    In 2017, a report by the Local Government Ombudsman called "Lifting the lid on bin complaints" revealed that 81% of complaints about council waste and recycling were upheld. Many complaints concerned issues linked to outsourcing of council waste collection to private companies. Complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman represent a small fragment of all disputes between service users and waste collection service-providers around the UK. However, it does have an important role in ensuring standards are met within waste collection, protecting service-user rights and reporting back to Local Authorities on best practice. At present, individuals and business operators who use private waste collection companies, or brokers, for their waste removal or recycling have no opportunity to complain to an independent ombudsman who could adjudicate in disputes without the need for court action. This is unfair, and a missed opportunity to learn from mistakes in the industry. An Ombudsman can collect evidence-based data, and give guidance on best practice for the benefit of customers, public health and the environment.
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  • Ban the sale and import of peat compost. Ban the burning of peat bogs.
    Peatlands are the superheros of the ecosystem: they purify water, reduce flooding and are a home for rare species. But the key fact is their ability to store carbon and help climate change. Peatland covers 3% of the world's land yet holds 33% of all of the total soil carbon on Earth. This is more than twice the amount of carbon stored in the world's forests. In the UK, peat covers 10% of land, yet stores more carbon than all the UK soils and forests combined (3bn tonnes). Peat burning occurs in the UK for grouse shooting and an estimated 350,000 tons of CO2 is released each year as a direct result of burning. When peat is degraded and damaged it pours out carbon and is a huge source of carbon in the atmosphere, it is vital to help preserve and restore all our peatlands to aid in climate change. We can all do our bit by checking what we buy at the garden centre, and make people and governments aware of this issue and the importance preserving and restoring our peatlands.
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  • Maidstone Road Traffic
    For the children and there adults to be safe when the children walk along the road at school drop off and pick up times. Maidstone Road is very busy at these times, which makes walking the children very scary.
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    Created by Emma Davies
  • Save the Birch Tree in Uffculme Square
    Uffculme needs trees. The world environment needs trees. The village square will be barren without this mature tree that has stood there for many years. A local tree surgeon and health and safety consultant has pronounced this tree to have 'fine form and good outline' He also says that small birch leaves do not cause slippage or any other problems. Please sign this petition if you support Uffculme retaining this lovely and historic tree.
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  • Covid-19: Prohibit supermarkets from using Plastic Bags in delivery and collection services
    Since the first UK lockdown, competition laws were relaxed by the government, waiving the 5p bag fee for online deliveries and collection. That has led to supermarkets using hundreds of thousands of plastic bags against the wishes of consumers. Over several decades leading up to 2020, the UK has worked to reduce waste from single-use disposable objects such as straws, utensils, coffee cups, beverage bottles and plastic bags. Possibly the most encouraging shift we witnessed, was the change in social norms around plastic waste; habitually taking our reusable bags to the supermarkets. Through the recent rule changes, all of the good work we were doing, collectively, as a nation, will have been for nothing; the good habits we got into, will be undone. We are at a pivotal moment in terms of plastic pollution. With the mounting piles of used single-use face masks, gloves and other protective equipment, we need to prevent Covid-19 actually becoming a pandemic of plastic pollution, and the government can help by eliminating unnecessary plastic bags.
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  • Save Rotary Wood in Harrogate!
    - Communities should have a REAL say in the places they live - save our land! - Our wildlife is in decline, we need to do everything we can to protect it. - Nature is vital for healthy ecosystems, food production and human wellbeing. - Harrogate District has 8% woodland cover compared to a national average of 12% and a European average of 36%. - Woodland planted by the community and destroyed by our own council and business gives the wrong message to children. - The Climate crisis is urgent and we need to reduce carbon emissions. Woodlands absorb carbon and destroying them goes against the Council's own carbon reduction plans. - People and planet over profit.
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  • Lymm supports the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill
    This is a Private Members’ Bill, and taking it through parliament will be a hard-fought process but it has been done before with major climate legislation. This is an alliance bill that has been written by scientists, lawyers and activists; it is gathering support from a broad range of campaign groups, businesses, charities and individuals, and Lymm Parish Council believes it is an important piece of legislation. The bill has the potential to become the most significant move forward since the Climate Change Act 2008. Passing the CEE bill ensures that: Our entire carbon footprint is taken into account (including all of the emissions linked to the production and transport of goods from overseas that we consume in the UK We don’t depend on technology (NETs) to save the day as an excuse for inaction We focus on nature as much as climate, protecting and conserving habitats in the UK and internationally on supply chains Citizens are central to deciding how to move forward, in a Citizens’ Assembly with real teeth “This Bill outlines the path needed to avoid the catastrophe outlined by the United Nations... it is farsighted aiming to protect those at risk now and in the future.” https://www.ceebill.uk/
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  • Stop Carmarthenshire Council using Glyphosate weedkiller
    The routine and regular use of herbicides, especially ones containing glyphosate are not compatible with the need to safeguard and encourage flora and fauna and is an outdated and costly method that has hazardous implications for humans, domestic and wild creatures . Alternatives are possible and Plantlife Cymru can help and advise with the “Road verge Campaign”.
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    Created by Michelle Meredith